Benedict Mason, born on 23 February 1954, is a British composer.
Mason was educated at King's College, Cambridge (1971–75) and took a degree in film-making at the Royal College of Art (1975–78). He did not turn to composition until his early 30s, but his first acknowledged work, Hinterstoisser Traverse (1986), attracted attention from the European new music scene. His early works are decidedly postmodern in inclination, with considerable use of stylistic irony (some commentators[weasel words] have noted in these works a similarity to the music of Mauricio Kagel). Mason then developed an interest in polyrhythmic music, and in works such as his Double Concerto one can hear a strong stylistic affinity to the later works of György Ligeti. More recent works have concentrated on the spatial dimension of music, such as in his Music for European Concert Halls series, and sometimes have come very close to installation art.
Mason has composed in many genres, and his soccer opera Playing Away, with a libretto by Howard Brenton, was commissioned by the Munich Biennale and premièred there in 1994 by Opera North.
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- Anon. (1994). “Playing Away”. 4. Münchener Biennale, 29. April – 22. Mai 1994. Münchener Biennale website (archive from 17 January 2014, accessed 20 August 2018).
- Toop, Richard (2001). "Mason, Benedict". The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell. London: Macmillan.
- Kennedy, Michael (2006). The Oxford Dictionary of Music, ISBN 0-19-861459-4
- Toop, Richard (November–December 2004). "Forschung, Formung, Fantasie: Der britische Komponist Benedict Mason". Neue Zeitschrift für Musik 165, no. 6:58–59.
- Official website[dead link]
- Article by Volker Straebel on Mason's music
- Interview (2004)
- "Benedict Mason (biography, works, resources)" (in French and English). IRCAM.
- Article by Bernhard König on Mason's Chaplin Operas
- 1954 births
- 20th-century classical composers
- 21st-century classical composers
- English classical composers
- Alumni of King's College, Cambridge
- Alumni of the Royal College of Art
- Living people
- English male classical composers
- 20th-century English composers
- 21st-century English composers
- Ernst von Siemens Composers' Prize winners
- 20th-century British male musicians
- 21st-century British male musicians